Who knew that a Monster would create history. It was back in 1992 when Ducati first showcased the first ever Monster at the Cologne trade fair and began its production next year in 1993. And so began the naked sports bike category, which united bikers from across the globe to be a part of a major community – Monster fans. Now, 25 years later, Ducati has sold over 325,000 Monsters, and to mark this occasion, Ducati decided to create the Monster 1200 25 Anniversario.
This model is going to be a limited edition run. Only 500 numbered units will be manufactured. To make sure that the Monster 1200 25 Anniversario stands out of the other Monsters, Ducati has really paid attention to minuscule details. The bike features an exclusive livery that has got the three colors of the Italian flag on the nose fairing, fuel tank and passenger seat cover, inspired by the 2008 Monster S4RS Testastretta Tricolore.
The seat of the bike is embroidered with the 25th-anniversary logo. The gold-colored frame and forged Marchesini wheels with W spokes in the same color are another distinguishing features. Various parts like the mirrors, frame plugs, handlebar end weights and the petrol cap have been machined from solid and come as standard. The articulated brake and clutch levers, as well as the plate holder, are also in aluminum, while the front and rear mudguards, the keyhole cover and the exhaust heat guard are in carbon fiber.
The Monster 1200 25 Anniversario gets the tubular steel trellis frame and single-sided aluminum swingarm. Both the front and rear suspension setup is from Ohlins and are fully adjustable. There’s also a steering damper. The brakes are supplied by Brembo. The front gets 330mm dual discs with monobloc calipers, whereas the rear is a 245mm disc.
Powering the Monster 1200 25 Anniversario is Ducati’s twin-cylinder Testastretta 11 DS that has got 147 hp at 9,250 rpm and a maximum torque of 124 Nm at 7,750 rpm. The throttle response is very precise and the power delivery isn’t intimidating so that the rider can enjoy the motorcycle and really have fun. With a maintenance interval of 30,000 km, the Testastretta 11 DS is really a tough engine.
Ducati has also given its advanced electronic package in the Monster 1200 25 Anniversario. It features three different Riding Modes (Sport, Touring, and Urban), as well as an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) which supplies information to the ABS Bosch Cornering and Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) systems. Thanks to these high level electronic systems, which also include Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Ducati Quick Shift Up and Down (DQS) for swift gear changes without using the clutch, the Monster 1200 25 Anniversario guarantees authentic Ducati performance that is manageable and suitable for all riders, as usual also providing a high level of active safety control.
We’ve also got the color TFT instrument panel that provides all the necessary information and allows the rider to regulate the Riding Mode settings through a pleasant and user-friendly interface.
Ducati has already begun taking orders for the Monster 1200 25 Anniversario from across the globe. This bike will be available in Europe from September, from October in Japan, from November in the United States and from December in Australia.